Yorkville, NY – Part of the Tour De France group of French-Mediterranean restaurants, Café D’Alsace is decidedly more brasserie than bistro. With a selection of beers 100 strong (and growing), it pays homage to Alsace, France’s most prolific beer-producing region, with a plethora of breweries all along Strasbourg. Home to one of New York City’s handful of Beer Sommeliers, its pairings of food from Executive Chef Philippe Roussel and beer from sommelier Gianni Cavicchi are spot on, leaving us both satiated, yet craving for more.
Nobody enjoys dieting. For many, dietiing means eating food that tastes like styrofoam in guinea pig portions to fit into a pair of jeans. The deprivation backfires as soon as your short-term goal is accomplished. You want to feel full and happy, and eat delicous food without obsessing over a number on a scale or how your clothes will fit. But at the same time, nobody enjoys feeling bloated after eating an oversalted dish wieghed down with fat. We live in a supersized world of food, where portions are far too distorted.
Fortunately, the editors at Cooking Light understand these problems well. Health is so much more than counting calories: it's about having a holistic experience, begining first and foremost with the tastebuds. If it doesn't taste good, we don't want to eat it. Many classic American dishes are loaded with fat, sugar, and come with starches like rice and potatoes. These simple sugars taste amazing, but have no long term benefits. With obesity and co-occurring diseases such as diabetes type 2 on the rise, knowing what foods are good for us and which ones cause damage, if eaten in excess, is essential to maintaining a healthy weight . Cooking Light editor and chef, Alison Fishman Task, traveled over 200,000 miles across American and back again, and sampling traditional American fare (apple pie, shrimp and grits, lobster rolls) to the more unusual (bear meatloaf, boar nachos) and everything in between. And now these delicous recipes, fattening feasts in their original form, have been modified to be cooked and eaten every day.
By now, you've probably been offended by Alison Gold's parody-style, teen-boppy song "I Love Chinese Food". A recent lunch hosted by the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs in a ballroom at The Plaza Hotel, left us humming an embarassing tune along the lines of "I love Korean food..."
When many people think Korean food, they think kimchi, a pickled cabbage condiment that can be spicy and acidic. Though the fermented flavor turns some off, there are plenty of other notable dishes in Korean cuisine that can suit any palate. From crispy pajeon vegetable pancakes to galbi jjiim short rips to a bowl of savory rice and vegetable bimbimbap or japchae, the traditional Korean glass noodles with vegetables, each staple of Korean cuisine resembles a dish from other cultures, yet still has its own flavors and textures.
Are you going mad for chicken? Don’t just wing it and settle for regular fried chicken. If you’re going to satisfy your craving, you might as well go all out and experience one of the best fried chickens the city has to offer.
Mad For Chicken houses the famous Korean fried chicken, which is crispier and less greasy in comparison to other fried chicken out there.
Our friends had been egging us on to try the chicken. So on a Saturday night, while the air was crisp and chilly, we arrived at the Flushing location for dinner and waited 20 minutes to be seated. We took that as a good sign. When there’s a line, the food is most certainly divine. Besides, 20 minutes is a pretty standard waiting time for restaurants in New York.
There are lots of valid reasons to become a vegetarian--it's a great way to get more nutrients in your body, for one thing. You can never go wrong with a fruit-and-veggie-based diet! Many vegetarians choose their lifestyle to protest cruelty to animals and the way meat is produced; still others are against corporate management of food (Monsanto, anyone?). Whatever your reasons, you can have diet that's balanced, healthy, and delicious.
Over the years, vegetarianism has dealt with a bad reputation for not being enough to sustain someone, but that is not the case. Eliminating meat does not mean you have to get rid of taste, flavor, or feeling full. Eating seasonable fruits and vegetables, along with nuts, beans, and noodles can be one of life's simple pleasures. You'll soon forget what it was like to eat that tough steak or greasy burger.
Nestled on the cozy corner of 32nd and 2nd, the newest culinary addition to Murray Hill and Kips Bay aims to bring a downtown feel to midtown. Brought to you by the owners of E&E Grill House in Hell’s Kitchen, this neighborhood gem offers a variety of items on their dinner menu, including a burger (which we highly recommend), roast chicken, fish and chips, and arctic char. As with all new restaurants, this one has some kinks to work out, but the ambiance is soothing, the service is friendly, and the location is perfect for locals.
You heard it here first - Riverbank Grill (679 Riverside Drive @ 145th Street), a new beer garden/restaurant overlooking the George Washington Bridge, is the newest and best place for brunch this fall! Located above the Hudson River in Riverbank State Park, Riverbank Grill is a hot spot for NYC natives seeking to sneak a peak of fall foliage without even leaving the city!
With an unbeatable brunch menu and bottomless cocktails, Riverbank Grill is ready to contend with the best of the best in NYC’s up and coming West Harlem neighborhood.
While no one would argue that this city lacks variety in its restaurant offerings, the frequent complaint of out-of-towners is that eating fresh food here is prohibitively expensive. Truthfully, eating fresh and healthy meals in Manhattan does often feel like a painfully intense investment, so sometimes you have to do a more thorough investigation to find the best deals. Greenpoint Kitchen, a small neighborhood eatery with fresh delicious food and refreshing drinks at reasonable prices, provides a delightful alternative to the pricey Manhattan spots that specialize in similarly unprocessed food. Just 15 minutes away from Times Square in tranquil Sunnyside, Queens, Greenpoint Kitchen’s calm, casual atmosphere and positive energy are definitely a welcome change of pace.
The neighborhood around 29th and Park Avenue--recently dubbed the NoMad district--has transformed from a veritable social desert to a thriving, growing community within the course of the last eight years, which has led to exciting new social and culinary developments popping up left and right. Tavern 29, which opened a little over a year ago across the street from the Gansvoort Park Avenue Hotel, is one of the best among those developments. Housed in a converted 19th century townhouse, Tavern 29 takes advantage of its unique set up to offer a distinctive bar and restaurant experience...or, rather, three distinctive bar and restaurant experiences. Tavern 29 boasts three separate floors, each of which has been designed with its own atmosphere in mind.
As the saying goes: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Perhaps the saying doesn’t ring quite as true once that apple in has been covered in caramel, but it sure does make a great Fall snack. Although the concept of taking fresh fruit and coating it with delicious sugary syrup dates back to ancient times, candy apples are most commonly credited to William W. Kolb, a New Jersey candy maker who rather serendipitously created them while experimenting with red cinnamon candy in 1908.
Why limit your over-the-top sugar consumption to Halloween itself? To enjoy Fall treats all season, dig into New York’s mouthwatering candy apple offerings, or make some of your own.